Here are four of the best posts I’ve read lately about raising teens. Grab a cup of coffee, tea, whatever you like and get comfy to read some of these pieces that I found to be helpful and insightful. Remember, you’re not alone when it comes to raising a teen to be a caring, confident, and competent person.
7 mistakes parents make with teens by Kathryn Streeter on The Washington Post
“When you’re multitasking while your teens are talking to you, it’s communicating that they don’t warrant your full attention. Van Achterberg, founder of Capitol Hill Child Psychiatry, urges parents to drop everything if their teens want to talk. ‘Put down your cellphone, computer, laundry or whatever pressing matters you have, because nothing is more important than hearing out your teenager when he wants to talk.'”
“Much more powerful will be the example your kids see you set and the extent to which you demonstrate what it means to listen to others, consider their perspectives and opinions, and care about them.”
Teens Worry About Getting Summer Restaurant Jobs. Parents Worry About Sexual Harassment by Julie Jargon on The Wall Street Journal
“As the first summer of the #MeToo era approaches, many teenagers and their parents are increasingly mindful of the possibility of sexual harassment in the workplace. Restaurants are the nation’s largest employer of teenagers, and, for one in three Americans, their first job.”
A Letter to My Teenagers by Amy Betters-Midtvedt on That’s Inappropriate
“To my tall people, my teenagers, I need you to know that I see you.
I see you out there in the world, sometimes with your wings spread wide, sometimes trying not to be been seen at all.
I see that sometimes you want us right by your side and other times you want us a million miles away.
And this is probably true sometimes. It’s nothing personal, I know. It’s so not easy, this growing up. And all the good and bad parts have to happen for you to know who you are.”
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